26km (16 miles ) Palais de Rei to Rabadiso started in the dark and freezing cold but thankfully after a couple of hours walking the thick mist was burnt away by the sun and hands began to defrost. Most of the day was walking in sunshine on woodland paths through very pretty villages.
In Palais we had dinner with and said goodbye to paul and paula from Ballarat in Australia. They are breaking up the next two days of walking and we will be flying back when they get to Santiago. One of the great experiences of the camino is meeting people from all over the world. I now know much more about life in Australia than I did before…… openness to being enriched by other cultures makes us a more civilised society and church…… let’s hope our politicians don’t make us lose sight of that. With only 44km (27 miles ) to Santiago the end is in sight and we are planning our day in Santiago : start walking the last 20km at 6am, get to our hostel by about 9.30 to drop rucksacks off then get to the Pilgrim office to receive our Compostela….. . The official recognition of the pilgrimage. This should allow us to get to the pilgrim Mass at 12 in the church of St Francisco and visit the cathedral to pray at the tomb of St James the apostle. The rest of the day will be souvenir shopping, food and back to the hostel to get ready for our flight on Tuesday morning. The next couple of days walking will see a much busier camino with lots of coach loads doing the last few kms. Patience is a virtue with these fresh pilgrims!